Artist Biography

1893 - 1974

Fera Ellen Webber was born in Eustace, Florida on March 20, 1893. She studied at Cornell University and New York University. Settling in Berkeley, California about 1920, she further studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts and California School of Fine Arts. She married Sherwood Shear, an agricultural economist at the University of California, in 1923 and lived in Berkeley until her death on October 27, 1974. Her early works consist of portraits and floral still lifes in oil; while her later works are mostly watercolors of historic buildings in California. Member: Society of Western Artists; Allied Arts Club (Berkeley); California Art Club; Women Painters of the West; Bay Region Art Ass'n. Exhibited: Oakland Art Gallery, 1932-40, 1948; Gardena High School, 1933 (purchase prize); Mission Inn (Riverside), 1933-35; Gump's (San Francisco), 1934; California State Fair, 1934, 1936, 1937 (prizes); All Arts Club (Berkeley), 1934-40, 1951, 1954; Bay Region Art Ass'n, 1935-38; Society of Western Artists, 1939-42, 1945; Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; Society for Sanity in Art, California Palace of Legion of Honor, 1939-47.

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